Sufficiency in God Alone

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything

as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.”

2 Corinthians 3:5

As we go through life each day seeking wisdom from the Holy Spirit, it becomes easier as we learn to yield our hearts and minds to Him. He then will instill great truths to live by and to share with others. It takes the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to supply the most important aspect in our walk with the Lord and that is a faith sufficiency. This comes only from God!

However, in our human thoughts, sufficiency means many different things. Our first thought generally is money, because we think this will give us all that we need. This is an utter misconception, although it is a need; our sufficiency must be dependent upon God’s will and purpose for us. Then we think about material possessions that will bring joy and comfort. But as maturity takes place, we begin to understand and see there is a great difference in needs and wants. “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” (1 Timothy 6:8)

Our sufficiency becomes clear to us through a thankful heart, and we begin to recognize the many blessings surrounding us that God has already supplied and blessed us with by HIS sufficiency. Like children, we don’t always understand what is good and best for us. Only the infinite wisdom of God can know this, and through this He supplies our needs accordingly. We are also reminded of this verse of Scripture in 1 Timothy 6:6, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.”

We seem to believe our purpose in life is the acquisition of great wealth to enjoy and to leave behind for our children when, in fact, it is a faith heritage that will sustain them through the tribulations in this life. Not until we open our eyes to the real sufficiency of God will we recognize what wealth really is. Matthew 6:19 tells us, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.” This last passage is imperative to life in Christ and His sufficiency:


“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things

as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5